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BWW Review: SHEAR MADNESS takes over Stages Repertory TheatreBWW Review: SHEAR MADNESS takes over Stages Repertory Theatre
by Brett Cullum - Jul 19, 2016

Stages Repertory Theatre's creation of this SHEAR MADNESS is buoyed by an outstanding cast that handles comedy and improvisation with ease. The six actors onstage are quick on their feet, and so funny they can break each other up in many instances as the story unfolds. (more...)

BEATRICE ARTHUR: ASTRAL DAME to Play Asbury Park This MonthBEATRICE ARTHUR: ASTRAL DAME to Play Asbury Park This Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Jason B. Schmidt, star of Christmas With The Crawfords, will bring his one man show, BEATRICE ARTHUR: ASTRAL DAME, about Tony Award winner Bea Arthur, to New Jersey. (more...)

THE MISMATCH GAME to Return to Los Angeles LGBT Center This SummerTHE MISMATCH GAME to Return to Los Angeles LGBT Center This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

It's time once again to 'get ready to match the stars' with a new edition of Dennis Hensley's The MisMatch Game, the show the Los Angeles Times calls, 'witty, ribald ... an adventure in surrealist era bending.' The side-splitting parody of the 70s game show returns to the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Renberg Theatre for two hilarious nights on Saturday, July 23 at 8pm and Sunday, July 24 at 7pm. (more...)

State Theatre Celebrates 90th Anniversary with New LogoState Theatre Celebrates 90th Anniversary with New Logo
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2016

The State Theatre Center for the Arts will be celebrating 90 Years of Wow for the 2016-17 Season and is proud to unveil a new logo, created by Kennan-Nagle Advertising, and a new community partnership with the Jaindl Companies & A-Treat soda. (more...)

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury & More Celebrate MAME's 50th Anniversary at Sardi'sPhoto Flash: Angela Lansbury & More Celebrate MAME's 50th Anniversary at Sardi's
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2016

'MAME', starring Angela Lansbury opened on Broadway 50 years ago! Last evening Thursday, May 26th, members of that company gathered for a 50th Anniversary Celebration at Sardi's. (more...)

Angela Lansbury & More Celebrate MAME's 50th Anniversary at Sardi'sAngela Lansbury & More Celebrate MAME's 50th Anniversary at Sardi's
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2016

'MAME', starring Angela Lansbury opened on Broadway 50 years ago! Last evening Thursday, May 26th, members of that company gathered for a 50th Anniversary Celebration at Sardi's. (more...)

Tony DeSare, Bridget Barkan and More to Honor Prince at THE MEETING* at Joe's PubTony DeSare, Bridget Barkan and More to Honor Prince at THE MEETING* at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

THE MEETING* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/variety show, will return to Joe's Pub at The Public Theater to conclude its Spring 2016 season on Sunday, May 22 at 7:00 PM. The May show will honor the beloved late superstar Prince, with music director Tracy Stark leading a four-piece band and special musical guests Tony DeSare, Bridget Barkan, Michael Cavadias, Mark Aaron James and Ali Grieb. (more...)

THE MEETING* Returning to San Francisco, 5/28THE MEETING* Returning to San Francisco, 5/28
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/variety show, will return  to OASIS (298 Eleventh Street, San Francisco CA) on Saturday, May 28 at 7:00 PM after three packed shows last year. The Meeting* has been called "delicious and delightfully droll" by The New York Post and "hilarious and sardonic" by The Village Voice. A story for Slate.com called the evening "so deliciously icy that it left me shivering with fear and delight." The New York run of The Meeting* - currently running monthly at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater - has been sold out since the New York Times "Arts & Leisure" piece ran last September. Tickets are $20 and are available at SFOasis.com. (more...)

Angela Lansbury & Original Cast of MAME to Celebrate Musical's 50th Anniversary at Sardi'sAngela Lansbury & Original Cast of MAME to Celebrate Musical's 50th Anniversary at Sardi's
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2016

Mame, starring stage icon Angela Lansbury opened on Broadway 50 years ago this year - and in celebration, members of the company, including Lansbury, will gather for a 50th Anniversary Celebration at Sardi's on May 26. Other cast appearances have yet to be confirmed. (more...)

Jessica Vosk, Nick Cearley and More to Honor Barbra Streisand at THE MEETING This MonthJessica Vosk, Nick Cearley and More to Honor Barbra Streisand at THE MEETING This Month
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

THE MEETING* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/variety show, will return to JOE'S PUB at The Public Theater to continue the Winter/Spring 2016 season on Sunday, April 17 at 9:30 PM. The April show will honor the iconic entertainer Barbra Streisand with special guests Jessica Vosk, Nick Cearley, Inyang Bassey and Amber Martin, with others to be announced. Tracy Stark serves as the show's Music Director. (more...)

'MISS COCO PERU'S GUIDE TO A SOMEWHAT HAPPY LIFE' Comes to LA LGBT Center This May'MISS COCO PERU'S GUIDE TO A SOMEWHAT HAPPY LIFE' Comes to LA LGBT Center This May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2016

The Los Angeles LGBT Center's Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center has announced the return of the legendary Miss Coco Peru. The YouTube sensation brings her latest solo show, A GENTLE REMINDER: MISS COCO PERU'S GUIDE TO A SOMEWHAT HAPPY LIFE, to the Renberg Theatre for four nights only -- Fridays and Saturdays, May 13 & 14 and May 20 & 21. (more...)

BWW Cabaret Conversation: 2016 MAC Award Winner MEG FLATHER Is Always Looking For the Lessons In An Unconventional CareerBWW Cabaret Conversation: 2016 MAC Award Winner MEG FLATHER Is Always Looking For the Lessons In An Unconventional Career
by Remy Block - Mar 30, 2016

In her latest intimate and in-depth conversation with a New York cabaret star, BWW reviewer/writer Remy Block learns more about veteran singer/performer Meg Flather, who has just won a 2016 MAC Award for Best Original Song and is currently performing a critically acclaimed show PORTRAITS at Don't Tell Mama. (more...)

Drew Brody, Carol Lipnik and Dane Terry Join THE MEETING's Elton John CelebrationDrew Brody, Carol Lipnik and Dane Terry Join THE MEETING's Elton John Celebration
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2016

THE MEETING* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/variety show, will return to JOE'S PUB at The Public Theater to continue the Winter/Spring 2016 season on Sunday, March 20 at 9:30 PM. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for Bebe Winans Musical BORN FOR THIS at Arena StageFull Cast Announced for Bebe Winans Musical BORN FOR THIS at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

Arena Stage announces the full cast and creative team for BORN FOR THIS: THE BEBE WINANS STORY, the heartwarming true story of six-time Grammy Award-winning icon BeBe Winans' journey to fame. (more...)

Natalie Joy Johnson, Lance Horne & Nadia Quinn to Join THE MEETING in Celebrating Elton John, 3/20Natalie Joy Johnson, Lance Horne & Nadia Quinn to Join THE MEETING in Celebrating Elton John, 3/20
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/variety show, will return to JOE'S PUB at The Public Theater to continue the Winter/Spring 2016 season on Sunday, March 20 at 9:30 PM. The Meeting* has been called "delicious and delightfully droll" by The New York Post and "hilarious and sardonic" by The Village Voice. A story for Slate.com called the evening "so deliciously icy that it left me shivering with fear and delight." The 2014-2015 season sold out after a profile in The New York Times "Arts & Leisure" section. The March show will honor the celebrated singer and songwriter Elton John with special guests Natalie Joy Johnson, Lance Horne and The Quinns (Nadia Quinn and Ameara Wahhab) with others to be announced. Tracy Stark serves as the show's Music Director. (more...)

BWW Review: KIRK FREDERICK Launches his WRITE THAT DOWN! at ONE ArchivesBWW Review: KIRK FREDERICK Launches his WRITE THAT DOWN! at ONE Archives
by Don Grigware - Mar 14, 2016

On Friday March 11 Kirk Frederick's new book Write That Down! The Comedy of Male Actress Charles Pierce was launched at ONE the Gay and Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries on North Adams in downtown Los Angeles. The sellout event was a benefit for ONE Archives. There were scrumptious hors d'oeuvres, followed by a presentation, which included a video slide montage, a 5 minute film clip from Pierce's appearance, in the early 80s, on The Dick Cavett Show, and then an interview with Kirk Frederick by moderator/ USC professor of English Chris Freeman. Then came a Q and A with the audience and a book signing. (more...)

THE MEETING to Celebrate Elton John at Joe's Pub, 3/20THE MEETING to Celebrate Elton John at Joe's Pub, 3/20
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2016

The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/variety show, will return to JOE'S PUB at The Public Theater to continue the Winter/Spring 2016 season on Sunday, March 20 at 9:30 PM. The Meeting* has been called "delicious and delightfully droll" by The New York Post and "hilarious and sardonic" by The Village Voice. A story for Slate.com called the evening "so deliciously icy that it left me shivering with fear and delight." The 2014-2015 season sold out after a profile in The New York Times "Arts & Leisure" section. The March show will honor the celebrated singer and songwriter Elton John with special guests to be announced. Tracy Stark serves as the show's Music Director. (more...)

BWW Review: Because He Can, Shawn Moninger Presents Cabaret Filled with Humor, Heart and Spirituality at the Metropolitan RoomBWW Review: Because He Can, Shawn Moninger Presents Cabaret Filled with Humor, Heart and Spirituality at the Metropolitan Room
by Victoria Ordin - Mar 4, 2016

It took 30 years for Shawn Moninger, a Unity minister and longtime technical director with four MAC awards, to move out of the booth and onto the stage. His show Because I Can (which has been running monthly at the Metropolitan Room since last November) is more a one-man Off-Broadway comedy show than typical cabaret. Almost without exception, the opening of a cabaret show is the weakest. Performers tend to warm up around the third or fourth number. That was not the case at the February 27 show, or as Moniger put it, 'the Senior Citizen Happy Hour.' (more...)

Lesli Margherita and Jessica Phillips Join THE MEETING's CABARET TributeLesli Margherita and Jessica Phillips Join THE MEETING's CABARET Tribute
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2016

THE MEETING* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/variety show, will return to Joe's Pub at The Public Theater to continue the Winter/Spring 2016 season on Sunday, February 21 at 9:30 PM.  The February show will honor the iconic musical CABARET with special guests Lesli Margherita, Wesley Taylor, Jessica Phillips and Nathan Lee Graham. Tracy Stark serves as the show's Music Director. (more...)

Wesley Taylor, Nathan Lee Graham and Jessica Vosk to Celebrate CABARET at THE MEETINGWesley Taylor, Nathan Lee Graham and Jessica Vosk to Celebrate CABARET at THE MEETING
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2016

THE MEETING* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/variety show, will return to Joe's Pub at The Public Theater to continue the Winter/Spring 2016 season on Sunday, February 21 at 9:30 PM. The February show will honor the iconic musical CABARET with special guests Jessica Vosk, Wesley Taylor and Nathan Lee Graham. Tracy Stark serves as the show's Music Director. (more...)

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